Kazakhstani director Timur Blackmambatov (Wanted), who seems like kind of a prick (which might be partially influenced by his resemblance to the notoriously pompous Tibetan Fox), recently gave an interview to Empire magazine to discuss his upcoming projects. Somehow, he managed to make “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” sound even more ridiculous than the title.
Bekmambetov: “That one I’m prepping to direct myself. It is not a comedy at all – it is a very entertaining, epic history lesson for millions and millions of teenagers. If you remember Nightwatch, it is maybe in the vein of that kind of movie.”
“We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln – the big hat and the beard. He has to be historically correct, but with a few special weapons. There is only one book, but there will be many opportunities to develop and explore this world if we get to do sequels [ugh….]. I hope we will start this winter. We are shooting in America.”
Huh, because I just assumed a book called “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (from the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies guy) would be expressly comedic. But I confess I haven’t read one of these books. They seem like they’d just be a kind-of-funny idea stretched to tedious lengths, like Bob Saget’s career. But I do like the idea of a foreigner coming in to adapt a popular book, and making his movie based on a bad Babelfish translation that misses the point completely. “Da, we make documentary of your president Rambo. He is hero in Kazakhstan. He rid forest of za chocolate face.”
BONUS: He also talks about his drunk driving movie, Red Asphalt:
Red Asphalt. “I am working on that with Lionsgate. It’s a movie about drunk driving… in 3D! 3D is the only way to recreate what you feel when you drink and drive.”
“It’s my original idea – I wrote the treatment. Everyone drinks and drives once, and I want to make a horror movie about it. It’s one big car chase. People will feel what it’s like when you’re drunk and driving, and it’s really scary. The world is not exactly the same.”
I’d love to see a “The More You Know” PSA with Timur Bekmambetov entitled “Everyone drinks and drives once.” It’ll be a lot like my Public Access spot, “Relax, I’ll pull out.”